Aggressive Behavior

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Edited By: John Archer

Impact Factor: 2.469

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 23/51 (Behavioral Sciences); 28/129 (Psychology Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1098-2337

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1. AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR will consider manuscripts in the English language concerning the underlying causes or consequences of aggressive and violent behavior. Both behavioral and neuro-physiological studies concerning the underpinnings of human and animal aggression will be considered, and articles that integrate the two approaches are particularly encouraged. The journal focuses on empirical studies, but broad theoretical reviews are also encouraged. All published articles will appear in both the printed version and web version of the journal.

2. Every manuscript and revision must be submitted electronically through the ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central) web site for Aggressive Behavior at Please follow the instructions on the web site carefully. You will need to register as an author the first time you use it, but, after that, the process will be quicker. The manuscript itself is submitted as a Word file through the web site.


as of September 1, 2015



To counter two tendencies the editors are concerned about, namely excessive length in submitted manuscripts, and long delays in resubmissions, we are instigating two changes to the journal’s submission practices.

(1) Full research papers should be as concise as possible, without sacrificing documentation of the results, and be limited to 30 pages including the title page, abstract, text, references, tables and figures. In exceptional circumstance, e.g., multi-study papers or meta-analyses, a longer limit will be considered. In such cases this should be noted in the accompanying letter. If authors are concerned about fitting their work into the new guidelines, they should look primarily at the Introduction and Discussion sections.

(2) When a paper has a “revise and resubmit” decision, we would normally expect authors to resubmit it within three months from the date of the decision letter. If the author has a good reason for taking longer, an extension can be granted by the Associate Editor dealing with that paper.

Manuscripts must be word processed, double spaced using a standard 12-point font, such as Times New Roman or Ariel, and must follow APA Style (Publication Manual, 6th edition, see Spelling should follow Webster's Dictionary (American). The first page of a submission should contain the manuscript title, the list of authors with each one's institutional affiliation, and the name, address, e-mail, and phone numbers of the corresponding author. It may also contain the date that the current draft was written. The second page should contain only an abstract of 250 words or fewer. The organization of the rest of the manuscript should follow the APA Style guidelines. For studies on humans, a clear statement must be provided concerning informed consent, and that the study was conducted after Human Experimentation Review by the relevant committee. Research articles should meet the editorial standards stated. Manuscripts are not blind reviewed, and authors need not remove identifying information from the text. Authors of articles submitted to Aggressive Behavior are also expected to adhere to the American Psychological Association’s 'Ethical Standards for Research and Publication' (See Section 8 of the 2002 Ethics Standards at ) including the specified standards for ethical treatment of both human and animal participants (e.g., informed consent for human participants, human treatment of animals). Aggressive Behavior also requires all contributing authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research). Such conflicts should be specified in the Authors Note accompanying a submission.

4. Illustrations should be planned with the proportions of the journal page in mind, i.e., 8.5 inches by 11 inches. All color images will be produced in full color in the web version of the journal, but authors will be charged for the cost of reproducing color figures in the print version. Consequently, black and white figures are recommended.

5. Submission of a paper will be held to imply that it is unpublished work which is not being considered for publication elsewhere. If accepted, it is expected that the paper will not be published in another journal or book in either the same or another format or language.

6. For studies on humans, a clear statement must be provided concerning informed consent, and that experimental studies of humans require that the protocol has received prior approval by the appropriate body and that informed consent was obtained from each subject. Animal experimentation must also receive institutional approval and be conducted in accordance with the United States Public Health Service's Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals . Submissions from abroad must include evidence that the human and animal research complies with the standards in force in the country of origin.

7. Aggressive Behavior subscribes to the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts, whereby authors must state all of their sources of funding and any other financial and personal relationships that might bias their work. If the research reported in the manuscript has received partial or complete funding from commercial sponsors, the authors must also include a statement to that effect. The Editor reserves the right not to consider a manuscript if a sponsor has asserted control over the authors’ right to publish their research results.

8. If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

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